Monday, January 01, 2007

Loverboy: Grade F


Loverboy (2005)

Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Oliver Platt, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock. Directed by Kevin Bacon.

Kyra Sedgwick plays an overprotective mother of a six year old boy and has separation anxiety when he goes to public school. Finally he does go to school and she gets over it. That’s it. This may be a hot social/psychological issue I am unaware of but even if it is, this movie does not provide any analysis or insight. Kyra looks good for an aging beauty, but what's the point of showing that? There are some nice Hallmark Cards type of photographic moments. Kyra repeatedly explains to the kid that she wants them to be together forever, as they discover a crab on the beach or a bird fallen from a tree. The kid is super cute but that’s his only contribution. The directing is terrible, and you have to wonder what Kevin was thinking with the unnecessary display of his wife’s body. You wouldn’t think a movie with this many talented people could add up to such a big zero, so perhaps that's a tribute to human creativity.

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